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QUESTIONS

Some of the most commonly asked questions:

 

1.) Where did God come from?

God had no beginning nor will He have an end.
God is eternal meaning. He has always been.

We only have two options:
A) Either something is eternal.
B) Or, something non-eternal emerged from nothing.

From nothing; nothing comes. By a simple look at the result of the eternal factor-the butterfly wing, hummingbird, rainbow, snowflake, humans etc.-, we must conclude the eternal factor has attributes and is a personal God.

 

2.) Why does God allow evil?

God desires to have a loving relationship with his creation. True love only has value when the option not to love is present. Evil came as a result of Satan and man’s free will choice to rebel against God. The value of those that choose to love God and not rebel against Him merits God allowing evil to exist. God will stop evil eventually.

 

3.) If God loves everyone why do so many go to Hell?

God demonstrates His own love to all people, Romans 5:8.
But, a demonstration of love is quite different than personally and affectionately loving a person. God demonstrates His love to all, but only personally and affectionately loves those who respond positively with saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Psalms 5:5, Hebrews 10:31, 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10

It’s foolish for anyone to think he is entitled to an eternal loving relationship with God, when he wants nothing to do with God except on his terms. Why should God not send rebellious, sinful, self-seeking people to hell? Obviously heaven would not be heaven if they were there.

Psalms 7:11 “God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.”
KJV

 

4.) What is an agnostic?

An agnostic is one that says he does not know. There are two kinds of agnostics: the one says he does not know, but maybe there is a God and maybe there is not. The other kind of an agnostic says he does not know, you don’t know and no one can know if there is a God. This is kind of funny-hearing someone say on the one hand that he does not know, but on the other hand claiming to know we can’t know.

 

5.) Why are you not an atheist?

Atheism is based on blind faith. I ask: what percentage of all known knowledge do you personally possess?

Most would say a fraction of a percent. Then my question is, since you are ignorant in relationship to more than 99% of all known knowledge, how do you know God does not exit? How do you know God cannot be known apart from your ignorance?

The reason an atheist can’t find God is the same reason
a thief can’t find a policeman.


6.) Evolution is not science. Do you believe in evolution?

Evolution is not science.
Science is a process of being able to observe things.
Evolution is just a theory and not a good one at that.
At best, evolution can only observe transition within a kind and that is not evolution.
No one has observed one kind changing to another kind.

Evolution has more holes in it than Swiss cheese. What about the so called gigantic fossil-gap between the micro-organisms and the first invertebrates? What about the so called 100 million year fossil-gap between the invertebrates and the vertebrates? What about the fossil-gap between the fish and the amphibians? What about the fossil-gap between the reptiles and the mammals? DNA and RNA are needed to produce protein enzymes. Protein enzymes are needed to produce DNA and RNA. Which comes first, if you cannot have one without the other?
If evolution were true, we should be able to see it occurring right now. Given infinite time and infinite chance, evolutionists they say all is possible, but what they forget is: what chance creates, chance destroys.

That’s why it is possible, but not probable, that you could flip a coin into the air and have it fall to the ground “heads” 20 times in a row. Evolution would require the coin coming up heads thousands of times in a row. That’s why it takes more faith to believe in evolution than it does the tooth fairy. One scientist said the chance of life from non-life, is 1 in 1 followed by 40 thousand zeroes. That is similar to asking a blind man to find the same painted grain of sand twice, after parachuting twice into the Sahara desert.

 

7.) Why have Christians been responsible for so many wars?

I do not accept your presupposition.
People have been responsible for causing wars.

Just because some call themselves Christians, that does not make them Christians.

Certainly we would not conclude people, who are loving their neighbors as themselves, are causing wars. Matthew 22:39
Note: Defending home, family, faith etc., is not the making war, but rather an act of love.

 

8.) Why do Christians preach hate?

If someone is out preaching hate that certainly would be wrong. But if a person is out warning others of the wrath of God, that is not hate. Luke 12:5. Revealing sin or condemning ungodliness is not “preaching hate”.

Like the old cop said. “If your’e not committing the crime,
you don’t have anything to worry about.”


9.) Why should I have to be responsible for what Adam did?

The seed of sin was imbedded within Adam and passed to all his offspring. If you did not have a sinful nature it should be just as easy for you not to sin as to sin. Your own personal inability to stop sinning is evidence that you do have the seed of sin within you. Horses bear horses; fish bear fish; birds bear birds; and sinful men bear sinful men. It’s not like God hasn’t provided a way of escape for you. John 5:24

 

10.) Are Christians going to be judged for their sins?

No, that’s why they have trusted in the savior the Lord Jesus Christ. Before one becomes a Christian, he runs toward sin. After one becomes a Christian, he runs away from sin. Romans 6:1-2 We can never out-sin God’s ability to forgive. If a Christian was responsible for his own sin, it would make a mockery of the work of Jesus Christ on the cross.
Romans 6:10-11 I Peter 3:18


11.) What happens when someone dies?

After the Christian physically dies, he immediately goes to be with the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:8 The non-Christian awaits judgment. Revelation 20:11-15

Philippians 1:21-23
“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22) If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! 23) I am torn between the two:
I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far;”

 

12.) Why are there so many churches?

God has given man the freedom to make mistakes. There are many factors to consider in figuring this one out. There are false teachers. People divide over racial differences.
People divide over financial status. People divide over cultural heritage. People divide over traditional differences.
People divide over Biblical interpretation. People divide over Biblical application. People divide over educational status. People divide over appearance. People divide because of pride. People divide over faith in one man over another. People divide over wrongs suffered. People divide by taking their eyes off Jesus and putting them on men. This could go on and on, but what I suggest is to study your Bible and then try to find a church that measures up to your understanding of the scriptures.
Always remembering Ephesians 4:1-6.

 

13.) Why, if God created everything, are things so imperfect?

Everything God created was good. Seven times, in Genesis, Chapter One, it declares “it was good”. As a result of man rebelling against God’s love, sin came into the world and some things changed from being good to being imperfect. That’s why we have wars, crime, death, pollution, divorce, sickness, lawlessness, birth defects, greed, hatred, famine, insanity, earthquakes, riots, etc.

 

14.) Why did Jesus have to die?

Jesus did not have to die. It was only because of His mercy, care and love for mankind that He offered Himself
as a living sacrifice for mankind’s sins.

Jesus is God; man’s sin was against God.
Only the forgiveness of the one sinned against is meaningful.

Death and Blood are required by God for atonement of sin. Only God can provide the remedy for man’s sins against Him. Jesus died on the cross for mankind’s sins. Jesus paid the price for mans sin against Him, so forgiveness could be made available.

Hebrews 9:16-17 Hebrews 9:22 Hebrews 9:28
1 Corinthians 15:22 1 Corinthians 15:45-50

 

15.) Why do you believe in things you do not see?

Everyone believes in things they can’t see or have not seen.

Have you seen the wind? Have you ever seen oxygen?
Have you seen an electron, proton, or neutron? Have you seen dark energy or dark matter? Have you seen vitamin C?

Have you seen electricity? How about a radio or TV wave? Do you believe in gravity? We do not see God, but we do see the effect of God all around us. Have you ever seen a baby being born? Have you gazed at the stars in the sky? Have you experienced the love of God? Have you known of peace like a river and joy like a fountain? Do you know of forgiveness?

 

16.) You have never met God, so why believe in Him?

How do you know I have never met God?
Romans 8:9 Galatians 4:6

 

17.) Why believe the Bible? It was just written by imperfect men?

Are you suggesting that God cannot set forth His message through imperfect man and preserve it through the ages if that’s what He wants to do? Or, are you saying God would not do that? In either case I ask the question, how do you know that’s not what God has done? No one has yet proved an historical, cultural, factual or ethical error in the Bible.


2 Timothy 3:16-17
“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17} that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”

2 Peter 1:21
“for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.”

 

18.) Why are there so many contradictions in the Bible?

An apparent contradiction is not a contradiction. If context is taken into consideration it tends to eliminate many of the apparent contradictions. Varying partial accounts within verses that tend to differ do not establish contradictions. For example we have one account of Judas death that says he hung himself in Matthew 27:5, but in Acts 1:18, we’re told Judas burst open in the middle and all his intestines gushed out. Those apparent differing partial accounts could easily be solved by the full account. It could have happened like this.

Judas went out to hang himself, but he did not tie the knot to the tree tight enough and fell down and his middle busted open and his intestines gushed out.

So the responsibility is upon the critic to come up with clear contradictions, which so far I have never seen, not even one.

When we don’t understand correctly, and assume we do, the door is open for apparent contradictions.

Also note our faith is in the original autographs of Scripture. We are not claiming there are not some problems within translations. We are saying that translational problems have never negatively effected one doctrine of the Christian faith.


19.) What about other religions?
Are they all going to hell?

John 14:6 “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.”

I don’t know anyone who claims Jesus was a liar.
Therefore, if Jesus says there is one way, since He is God, there must be only one way. All people and religions have the ability to conform to the teachings of Jesus. The only ingredient necessary is called “repentance”, the changing of ones mind about the person of Jesus Christ. Through Jesus, all can be saved, but without Jesus, no one can be saved. Believing in the right God, and what’s right about Him, is essential for salvation.

 

20. What about people that have never heard of Jesus?

God is going to be completely fair with all people. No one will believe he was treated unfairly by God.

Philippians 2:9-11 “Therefore also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10) that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, 11) and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Romans 1:18-25

 


21.) If God knew man was going to sin, why did He create man?

Knowing and controlling are two different things.
The end result of all merits the creation.

Revelation 21:1-4 “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. 2) And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. 3) And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He shall dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be among them, 4) and He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall no longer be any death; there shall no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.””

 

22.) What’s wrong with Homosexuality?

Homosexuality is unnatural. If everyone was homosexual none of us would be here.

It’s not God’s design. It’s one of many sins that should be repelled against. Leviticus 20:13 Romans 1:26-27

It seems in our day everyone is looking for some excuse for their sin. The homosexuals claim they were born that way. The alcoholics claims it is genetic. The mentally ill claim it is a chemical imbalance. The drug addict claims he was born with an additive personality.
The one thing all of these have in common is that God tells them all to stop their sinning. Regardless of why you are the way you are, the Biblical answer is becoming born-again, getting indwelt with the Holy Spirit and starting to live right, rather than wrongly.

 

23.) What about Islam, are you saying they are wrong?

Islam claims their God is the God of Abraham, just as the Jews and the Christians.

Most of the Jews have rejected their Messiah, whereas the Christians have accepted the Jewish Messiah. Now Muhammad came about six hundred years after Jesus and said Jesus was a truth-teller, the apostles were truth-tellers and the prophets were truth-tellers. Baqara 2:136 & 285

So all we should have to do is look at the testimonies of the ones Muhammad says are truth-tellers to see if they agree with the teachings of Islam. And when we do that, we find some great discrepancies.

For example Muhammad claims Jesus was not the son of God, and did not rise from the dead, and is not God. By simply looking at the Scriptures, we can easily see how Muhammad missed the mark.

Muhammad made a classic error relying on his own limited knowledge and understanding six hundred years after the fact rather than relying on the ones he said were truth tellers.
Mâ’ida 5:46 Ali-Imran 3:3-4 Maryam 19:34

Isaiah 9:6
“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.”

Proverbs 30:4
“Who has ascended into heaven and descended?
Who has gathered the wind in His fists?
Who has wrapped the waters in His garment?
Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is His name or His Son’s name?
Surely you know!”

1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, 2) by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. 3) For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4) and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5) and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6) After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; 7) then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; 8) and last of all, as it were to one untimely born, He appeared to me also.”

John 14:6
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.”

 

24.) What gives you the right to Judge?

Everyone judges! About the only thing we all do more than judge is breath from the time we get up in the morning, until the time we go to bed at night. God made man to judge. That’s why the Bible is full of do’s and don’ts. Since we did not invent the message, but we are only passing it on, we can’t be accused of Judging. Now of course, if we are laying a trip of condemnation on someone, while we’re doing the very thing we’re telling them not to do, that is being a hypocrite and is wrong. Just as it says: Matthew 7:5 “You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”

Matthew 7 does not teach not to judge
but does teach not to be a hypocrite when you do.

1 Corinthians 2:15
“But he who is spiritual judges all things,
yet he himself is rightly judged by no one.”

1 Corinthians 6:3
“Do you not know that we shall judge angels?
How much more, matters of this life?”

 

25.) I just try to be a good person and not hurt anyone-why is that not good enough?

Your goodness may place you head and shoulders over your fellowman, but that does not get you to Heaven. You have to meet God’s standard of goodness to get to Heaven. There, you fall way short. That’s why you need to trust in the one and only savior, Jesus Christ.
James 2:10 “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.”

There is no sin allowed in Heaven; otherwise, Heaven would not be heaven. Every sin you have ever sinned is attached to you like a wart. You may only have a dozen in your whole life, whereas your neighbor may have hundreds or even thousands.

Nonetheless, no sins are allowed in Heaven. Your dozens or someone else’s one-both cannot gain entry, simply because no sin is allowed. That’s why Jesus is the Savior. He washes our sins away and makes us clean, by His substitute sacrifice of Blood.

Ephesians 1:7
“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace,”

 

26.) Do you literally believe in the miracles recorded in the Bible?

Once you recognize the existence of God you have to accept the super natural. Once you accept the reality of the supernatural, you have to accept the fact that the supernatural is not subject to the natural, but the natural is subject to the supernatural. That alone can explain the reality of miracles revealed in the Biblical account. Simply put, is it a wild leap to conclude that the One who created the heavens and earth has the ability to walk on water?

 

27.) What’s wrong with going to Hell? I will be with all my friends.

Trust me; your friends are not going to be happy in Hell. Consider the desire to get high on drugs, but no drugs. You have the desire to get drunk, but no booze. You have the desire to smoke a cigarette, but there are no cigarettes. The desire to have fun, but there is no fun to be found. Wanting love, but finding hate. Wanting happiness, and finding depression. Desiring freedom, and finding bondage. Seeking forgiveness, and finding no Savior. Let’s face it; Hell is going to be the ultimate bum-trip.

Luke 16:24
“So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’”

 

28.) I think I have committed the unpardonable sin.

Well, I ask you, do you feel bad about it? If you say “yes”,
then you can be assured you have not committed it.

Personally, I do not believe the unpardonable sin can
be committed, within the time frame of the New Covenant.

I believe it was an attack against Jesus, when He was on earth, under the direction of the Father, empowered by the Holy Spirit. They claimed He was empowered by the devil.

 

29.) Why does God allow suffering?
Why does He not just end it all?

How would you have liked God to have stopped all the suffering 100 years ago and just ended it all? Well friend, you would not be here. It’s because of God’s patience and mercy that He allows things to go on, desiring all to trust in Jesus. One day the curtain will fall and the wrath of God will come with judgment and an accounting of all things. Are you ready?

 

30.) My child died, so where was God?

Most people that have ever lived have died. Death comes as a result of man’s rebellion against God. The fact that your child died sooner than most, certainly is sad, but why blame God? Why not blame rebellion and sin? Why not blame a fallen world? Why not be thankful that God allowed you to have something wonderful for a short while? Why not use this experience to communicate to others the importance of life and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ?

God honors man’s choice of desiring to be separated from God, along with all the negatives that go along with that rebellion. God is continually attempting to rescue man from his fallen state but won’t violate man’s will. Why? Simply because it’s that very will that makes the loving relationship effectual for those that trust in Jesus.

 

31.) Where did Cain get his wife?

In Genesis 5:4 it says that after Seth was born, Adam lived 800 years. In Genesis 1:28, God commands man to be fruitful and multiply, so applying simple mathematics to the situation it is easy to conclude that Cain married a distant sister of his, or a niece or grandniece.

The law against incest did not come until after the flood, after Abraham, thousands of years after Cain. All that God created was good, very good; since sin came into the world there has been a constant spiral down from pure perfection to imperfection so those laws against incest were enacted for good reason as a result of the progressive probability of birth defects, with the continual decline from perfection to imperfection.

 

32.) What about the different accounts of creation in Genesis, chapters 1-2?

A. These are not ‘different’ or independent accounts, for no one would omit the creation of sun, moon, seas, earth, etc. as does Genesis 2. This proves it is supplementary and not independent.

B. Chapter two is partially a recapitulation, and partially supplementary, as is common in ancient Near Eastern literature. Taking the most important aspect of the earlier account, a writer would then zero in on the most important factor. Here it is man, hence more details in chapter 2.

 

33.) Why did God create man? Was He lonely?

God was not lonely. God is totally sufficient within His own nature and needs nothing. God did not need to create man for any reason anymore than you need to go down to the dairy queen and get a strawberry sundae. For your good pleasure, you get the strawberry sundae, not because you need it. So it is with God, He created man for His own good pleasure.

Isaiah 46:9-10
“Remember the former things long past, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, 10) Declaring the end from the beginning And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying,’ My purpose will be established,
And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’;”

James 1:17
“Every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation, or shifting shadow.”

 

34.) How could Jesus be born of a virgin?

Jesus had to be born of a virgin. If He had been born in the normal way, He would have had a sin nature and all that goes along with it. In other words, Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit. If not, He would have been born in sin. How that occurred was a supernatural act of God. Again, God can do anything God wants to do, short of violating His own Holy attributes. Even in our day, people can be born of a virgin, just not without a sin nature.

 

35.) I believe Jesus was a good teacher, but not God.

How could Jesus have been a good teacher if He was lying
and deceiving?

John 10:30
“I and the Father are one.”

John 14:9
“Jesus said to him, “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how do you say, ‘Show us the Father’?”

John 11:25-26
“Jesus said to her, “I AM the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies, 26) and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

Matthew 7:13-14
“Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it. 14) “For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it.”

John 14:6
“Jesus said to him, “I AM the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.”

 

36.) What’s wrong with believing in reincarnation?

The Bible says:

Hebrews 9:27
“And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment,”

{Therefore, judgment does not include another period on earth.}

 

37.) Why do you think people reject God?

1.} Ignorance 2.} Pride 3.) Immorality 4.) Selfishness

 

38.) Why are there two different genealogies of Jesus,
one in Matthew the other in Luke?

A. Matthew gives Joseph’s Physical lineage;
B. Luke gives Mary’s Physical lineage.

Matthew: the connection is to Abraham, aimed at Jewish readers. His purpose was to show that Jesus was indeed Jewish, a son of Abraham.

Luke: the connection is to Adam, aimed at Gentile readers.
His purpose to show the universal humanity of Jesus.


39. Why are there so many hypocrites in the Churches?

Churches are made up of people and people aren’t perfect.

Now, just because you go into a McDonald’s, when you come out that doesn’t make you a Big Mac. And, just because you go into a church, that doesn’t make you a Christian. Jesus had strong words against hypocrisy.

Matthew 23:27-28
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. 28) “Even so you too outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.”

Romans 6:1-2
“What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace might increase? 2) May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?”

 

40.) Why does God not answer my prayers?

God does answers all Christian’s prayers,
eather “Yes” or “No”, and in God’s way according to God’s will and God’s time.

If you are not born again you cannot
expect God to answer your prayers.

John 9:31
“We know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is God-fearing, and does His will, He hears him.”
John 6:40
“For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him, may have eternal life; and I My self will raise him up on the last day.”

1 Thessalonians 4:3-8
“For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; 4) that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor,
5) not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God; 6) and that no man transgress and defraud his brother in the matter because the Lord is the avenger in all these things, just as we also told you before and solemnly warned you.
7) For God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification. 8) Consequently, he who rejects this is not rejecting man but the God who gives His Holy Spirit to you.”

 

41.) Basically, don’t all religions teach the same things?

The answer is “yes” and “no”.
First, it’s important to understand that a principle of God’s truth is going to work for anyone. Even an atheist that does not lie, cheat or steal is going to feel better about himself, than if he did lie cheat and steal. God gave each person a conscience that makes a person feel bad when it’s violated. It’s easy to see why religions have incorporated many of the same principles of God’s truth. When practiced, they make a person feel better about himself. But, please understand that by practicing principles of God’s truth in no way gets a person to Heaven and saves a person from Hell. It’s not a case of doing good that gets you to Heaven or doing evil that sends you to Hell.

It’s simply a case of accepting through faith God’s provision for your sin, Jesus Christ-or rejecting Gods provision for your sin, Jesus Christ.

John 14:6
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.”

 

42.) What is a cult?

For me, what makes a cult is being wrong on who God is and how one becomes saved. So if someone is advocating that Jesus is something other than the One and only Eternal God, that is cultic. If someone is advocating that salvation is obtained by Jesus, plus something else, that is cultic.

 

43.) I don’t understand the Bible.
What’s it all about anyway?

It starts with Genesis telling of the creation of man. Adam and Eve were created perfect, but when God tested their resolve to obey Him, they decided to do what they wanted, instead, with the result that sin and evil came into the world. It has affected everyone of us since then; this is referred to as “The Fall.”

Mankind became evil very soon, and in Genesis 7, it says that God was grieved that He had made man. He decided to get rid of everyone, except a man named Noah and his family. This is when the worldwide flood happened. After the flood, the earth was repopulated.

The rest of the Old Testament, from Genesis to Malachi, is the story of how God chose a man named Abraham to be the father of the Jews, who God chose as His people to walk with Him and obey His laws. It is a long history of both the good and the bad things they experienced as His people. In the book of Exodus, God gave them His Law, and it was meant to help them know how to live and how to please God.

In the Old Testament, there are many references to a coming Messiah, or promised one, Who would die for the sins of the whole human race (Isaiah 53). For thousands of years, the Jews looked for the Messiah. But when He came, He was so different from what they expected that they didn’t recognize Him. The Messiah’s name was Jesus Christ, and He was born in 1 AD. Jesus’ story is told in the New Testament.

About 2000 years after God gave the promise to Abraham, Jesus was born. Jesus’ birth and life are recorded by four different people: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Matthew, Mark, and John personally knew Jesus and lived with him as His followers, called disciples. When you have three different people telling the same story about their experiences with a person, it is strong evidence to the factuality of the accounts. Plus: Luke 1:1-4

Luke 1:1-4
“Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile an account of the things accomplished among us, 2) just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word have handed them down to us, 3) it seemed fitting for me as well, having investigated everything carefully from the beginning, to write it out for you in consecutive order, most excellent Theophilus; 4) so that you might know the exact truth about the things you have been taught.”

These four people wrote the first four books of the New Testament, which are called by their names: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. They tell about Jesus’ life and ministry, but they also tell how the Jewish leaders hated Him because He exposed their hypocrisy and corruption. They conspired with the Roman government in Israel to have Jesus put to death by crucifixion. They thought they were going to get rid of Him and end their problem.

But God had another plan - to raise Jesus from the dead for all to see. Over 500 people actually saw Jesus after He rose from the dead - they were eyewitnesses of it, in spite of the Jews spreading a rumor that it didn’t happen. There is enough evidence of Jesus’ death and resurrection for it to be counted factual in a court of law today.

After Jesus arose from the dead and ascended into heaven, the Church came into being. It is made up of people who have asked Jesus to be their personal savior, to forgive their sin and to take them to Heaven when they die. The Church is about 2000 years old. It starts in the book of Acts and goes to the Book of Revelation. Revelation tells of things that are yet to happen - the seven year Tribulation and the coming one thousand year Millennium, when God will restore this earth and will fulfill all of the promises He made in the Old Testament. The Book of Revelation ends with the creation of the new heavens and new earth, when for all of eternity those of us who have trusted in Christ will live together without any trace of sin left. Everything will be perfect, like we wish life would be now.

So now if you open your Bible to Genesis 1 the pages from Genesis 1 to Genesis 22 amounts to about 2000 years. That’s where God was dealing primarily with the human race in general. Now turn from Genesis Chapter 22 to the book of Matthew, which is about 2000 years, where God was dealing primarily with the Jewish people. Now from Matthew to the book of Revelation it’s also been about 2000 years. That is where the life, death and the resurrection of Jesus is the primary issue, along with His church, referred to as the Body of Christ.

When people first read the Bible, it is a good idea to start with the New Testament, which tells about Jesus. The Old Testament is long, and though it is very interesting, you can get bogged down at first if you don’t know much about who the people are. Start with John, and read through the New Testament. Take your time, and focus on Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. Ask God to help you understand what you are reading. He has promised to do that if we ask Him. When you invite Jesus to forgive you and trust Him to be your Savior, the Bible will make a lot more sense to you.

Even if you don’t believe at first, if you read the Bible with a real desire to know the truth, and if you ask God to show you the truth, He will do it. - Start today.

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